Jackson, Charles T.; Manhan Silver Lead Mining Co., Hampshire County, Massachusetts, Geological Surveys and Reports, March 1863. Boston, Alfred Mudge & Son, 1863. Octavo, pp. 26, folded colored map and profile of mine property, 1 text figure.
The report is complete and in the original title cover which has been professionally re-backed and restored. The text and map are in near fine condition. A very good copy of a rare report.
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Jackson, (1805-1880); an American geologist, was the first State Geologist of Maine, Rhode Island and New Hampshire. He also made some of the earliest studies of Nova Scotia's minerals. In his various roles of state geologist, he was credited with several original investigations in paleontology, mineralogy and geology in New England. In addition Jackson consulted to numerous mine owners in the New England states and in 1863 consulted for the Manhan Silver Lead Mining Company near Loudville in Hampshire County, Massachusetts. The Manhan Mine was over 4000 feet in length and the largest and the most productive of the numerous lead mines and prospects in the area. The mine has been known for its wonderful mineral specimens which have been written on by many of America's most noted mineralogists and geologists including Benjamin Silliman, Amos Eaton, Edward Hitchcock, and Charles Shephard. As recently as 1999 the mine dumps continued to produce beautiful specimens. In the 1999 discovery, the best pyromorphite specimen ever found at the property was unearthed by collectors from the Keene, Mineral Club from New Hampshire. The specimen now resides at Harvard.